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Laminating for Wood

Discover the magic of lamination, or use many thin layers of wood to make finished curved pieces. Through lecture and hands-on application, create your own back scratcher, and gain access to our wood shop’s vacuum bag.

NOTE: Class is currently not accepting members due to the machine outage.

Router Table Basics

Explore the router table, a versatile tool that can help take your projects to the next level. Learn about edge profiles by creating rabbets and roman ogees. Other techniques covered include: stopped cuts, creating keyholes, using MDF templates, and the Dubby Cutoff Sled.

Intro to Wood Shop

Explore the wood shop and the basic tools it offers, including introduction to the paint booth, several powered cutting tools, hand tools, and sanding machines.

Wood Finishing Basics

Gain familiarity with tools and techniques that help achieve professional finishes in woodworking projects. Learn about wood preparation, application of different types of finishes, use of the spray gun, and paint booth safety.

Introduction to the Wood Lathe

Calling all beginners! Explore turning techniques on the Nova wood lathe, including roughing, shaping beads and coves, drilling, and finishing. Practice safe setup and operation of the wood lathe, and proper use of a variety of turning tools. Walk away with a candlestick holder or spinning top, and gain certification for unsupervised access to the wood lathe.

Bowl Turning on the Wood Lathe

Learn how to turn a wood bowl while advancing lathe skills in this project-based class. Cover the steps of setting up for bowl turning: mounting blanks, using the bowl gouge, roughing out a foot, and finishing techniques, as well as when and how to properly sharpen tools. Class fee includes material for one finished bowl per member.

Wood Preparation: Jointer, Planer, and Wide Belt Sander

Learn the basics of preparing wood for use in woodworking projects. This class will cover the safe use of the jointer, planer, and time saver machines. Process rough sawn wood by flattening, straightening, and squaring. Practice using the machines by milling wood and then gluing up boards to make a finished cutting board.

Table Saw and Miter Saw Basics

Learn the fundamentals of table saw and miter saw safety. Arguably the most used machines in the wood shop, the table saw and miter saw are essential for all levels of woodworking. Identify and use each saw’s components for safe setup and operation, while exploring different types of cuts and corresponding blades and techniques.

Table Saw II: Dados and Splines

Learn more about the most versatile tool in the wood shop. Cover the use of specific jigs and blade choices, and practice miter cuts, dados, splines and rabbet joints by making a hinged wooden box.

Intro to the Roland MDX

In this two-part course, explore the specifics of using Vetric Aspire software to operate the Roland MDX 540, a versatile 3-axis CNC milling machine capable of fine detail and precision work. Learn how to load, initialize, and safely run the machine, then design a custom wooden jewelry pendant or belt buckle in Aspire, to be cut and produced during the second half of class. NOTE: upon completion of the class, members will receive 1 hour of complimentary machine time, to assist in tooling setup for their first project.

Intro to Shopbot

Using a completed box file from CAM for CNC, practice material setup and machining on the ShopBot, our woodshop’s largest CNC. Learn the machine controls, discuss the setup checklist, and make some wood chips! Take home your machined box, ready for sanding and finishing.

NOTE: upon completion of the class, members will receive 2 hours of complimentary machine time to assist in tool setup for their first project. Additionally, this class takes place in the woodshop and requires appropriate attire.

Woodworking Tool List

  • Saw Stop Table saw
  • Jointer
  • Wide Belt Sander
  • Planer
  • Kreg Router Table
  • Lathes
  • Drill Presses
  • Bandsaws
  • Miter Saws
  • Oscillating Spindle Sander
  • Oscillating Edge Sander
  • Belt and Disk Sanders
  • Misc. hand and power tools
  • ShopBot CNC Routers
  • Roland MDX CNC Mill